School trips to the United Arab Emirates are a fantastic introduction to the Middle East and the Arabic culture for your students.

A school trip to the UAE is ideal for geography groups focusing on human geography, the impact on the environment of rapid urbanisation or the importance of sustainability. They’re also a great option to broaden students’ horizons by experiencing an entirely different culture.

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Why visit the United Arab Emirates?

Discover the delights of Dubai

Most of our groups who visit the United Arab Emirates on a school trip choose to base themselves in glittering Dubai. From your base in Dubai, we can also arrange an excursion to Abu Dhabi.

One of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai offers a true rags-to-riches story and illustrates the power and wealth that comes from the discovery of oil.

You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Dubai’s most important sites, including the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Mosque and the Al Fahidi Fort. We can also arrange a cruise of Dubai’s marina on a traditional Dhow, where you’ll be served a traditional Arabian meal.

Learn about rapid urbanisation

The discovery of oil meant that Dubai quickly went from a small fishing village to a sprawling metropolis and this rapid urbanisation combined with the harsh desert environment has led to many environmental issues. In order to combat these issues, Dubai has become one of the world leaders in sustainability research.

This all makes Dubai a fantastic choice for a geography school trip. Your students will have the exciting opportunity to visit the Al Hefaiyah Reserve to learn about water use in the United Arab Emirates, one of the driest countries on Earth.

You’ll also be able to visit the Emirates Bio-Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture in the United Arab Emirates!

The perfect introduction to the Middle East

The UAE may be a destination that you have not yet considered for your school trip, but this is a country with a lot to offer. It’s an important cultural, economic and political centre for the region and is a country of desert, oases, mountains and coastlines.

A school trip to the UAE is the perfect introduction to the Middle East for your students. Immersing themselves in the culture of this part of the world will greatly develop their intercultural understanding.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit mosques, to learn about the importance of Islam in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Arabic world. You’ll visit museums to learn more about the country’s fascinating history. And you’ll enjoy some traditional Arabian meals and entertainment. This will be an unforgettable school trip for your students and one that leaves them with a greater appreciation of other cultures and the joy of travel.

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Take a look at our range of United Arab Emirates school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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School Trips to Dubai

School Trips to Dubai

A school trip to Dubai offers your students the exciting opportunity to visit one of the most dynamic cities in the world!

Dubai school trips are really popular with geography groups who want to learn more about rapid urbanisation and sustainability. Dubai is also a great choice for a cultural school trip, giving students the opportunity to experience the Emirati culture.

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School Trips to Abu Dhabi

School Trips to Abu Dhabi

A school trip to Abu Dhabi offers students the opportunity to explore one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the Middle East!

Capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the best place to discover the country’s history and culture. It also offers the opportunity to explore the effects of rapid urbanisation.

Abu Dhabi is a particularly great destination for a halal school trip to explore Islamic culture in the United Arab Emirates.

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Activities and excursions in United Arab Emirates that your school group will love

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi is the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and capital of the largest emirate. Avisit… Read More

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

The highlight of any visit to Dubai is undoubtedly this amazing tour. Board your luxury 4X4 in Dubai and head… Read More

Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise

Your cruise aboard one of these traditional wooden vessels offers an intriguingly different view of this amazing city – a… Read More

Dubai City Tour

Dubai City Tour

A fascinating historical excursion; yourroute takes you from Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s landmark hotel, to Majlis Al Ghorfat, a magnificent… Read More

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

A visit to the Dubai museum is a must on every Dubai itinerary. Housed within the beautifully restored Al Fahidi… Read More

Sharjah City Tour

Sharjah City Tour

Sharjah is located on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, on the Arabian peninsula. It is a major part… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!